Nothing seems to last for long on content sites lately so I wasn't surprised to see a notice at AC/Yahoo! Contributor Network that things are going to change there as well. They just gave notice to all of their Featured Contributors that as of March 1, 2011, they will be discontinuing the program and starting a new program named the Yahoo! Contributor Network Featured Contributor Program (whew! what a mouthful!). On March 1st, writers will be able to apply for the new program. In other words, you've been fired from your current position and, if you think you are good enough, you can apply for it again only this time it will be even harder to be accepted.
Good Change or Bad Change?
With the old Featured Contributor Program, you were offered opportunities each month to write articles in your category for a set amount of money per article. I'm told that the amount was anywhere from $10 to $100 per article, however I only saw the $10 ones. You didn't make a lot of money but it was an easy way to earn a few extra dollars and you were free to choose whatever you wanted to write about within your category. Since I wrote under the Health & Wellness category, the topic choices were wide and varied.
Under the new program, if you are chosen, you are guaranteed at least one "beat assignment" which will enable the writer to submit regularly to one or more of the Yahoo! sites. They do not specify how much you will be paid or how often you will be writing.
On one hand, the new program may be better for writers who are chosen because their articles will appear on popular Yahoo! websites and they will receive high exposure. On the other hand, it sound like they aren't opening this up to many writers, so many of the writers who are now FCs may not be chosen for the new program and will no longer have access to a source of income that they once had.
Oh, and as a final goodbye gift to all its FCs for all their hard work and dedication, YCN will go ahead and still have the March assignments available, but that will be the last month.
It will be interesting to see how it all pans out. I may apply just to see if I'd be chosen. I'd sure like to see how much they will be paying these FCs for Yahoo! content. Do you think they will pay them as much as they do their regular writers? Hmmm... We'll see.
Are there any Featured Contributors out there who have an opinion on this? Would love to hear what you think.